Friction between youths allied to ZANU PF and MDC Alliance is delaying the opening of Mupedzanhamo market according to council.
Such has been the violence that police have had to fire gunshots resulting in two people getting injured in July.
This is contained in the latest full council minutes.
Council officials say there has been violence at the site with different sides seeking to take control of the place.
“The Acting Director of Housing and Community Services reported that political disturbances had caused the delay to reopen Mupedzanhamo.
“On 14 July youths had attacked traders and gunshots were fired.
As a result of the skirmishes, “the ZRP has verbally urged Council to temporarily suspend the reopening of the market citing security concerns.
“The youths from different political persuasions were fighting for the control of the market,” the report says.
The council Committee has also noted that there are rampant illegal activities outside the market with traders being charged US$5 to operate for a day.
Council says with no ZRP assistance it is not able to provide security for the traders.
Meanwhile Council also says the Home Industry is also not being opened because the management committee has denied council access to the premises.
“There was chaos at the complex due to the haphazard trading and uncoordinated events.
“It was imperative that sanity prevailed at the Complex to enable council to collect the much needed revenue”.
Council has for years struggled to take back and control various places and sites due to the political issues.
Most of the trading places in Mbare are allegedly controlled by ZANU PF members who then rent them out exorbitantly.
Council has since resolved to have the Mayor talk to the parties’ leaders over the issue.